Hey everyone, and welcome to the first week of the readalong of N.K. Jemisin’s The Kingdom of the Gods, hosted by S Voss from Dab of Darkness, Lauren from Violin in a Void, Gabriella from Book Bound, and myself. The reading schedule is as follows:
The Kingdom of Gods – 575 pages
Week 1 Prologue – Chapter 4 (104 pages) Feb. 10th Dab of Darkness
Week 2 Chapters 5-10 (115 pages) Feb. 17th Violin in a Void
Week 3 Chapters 11-13 (119 pages) Feb. 24th Books Without Any Pictures
Week 4 Chapters 14-17 (117 pages) March 3rd Book Bound
Week 5 Chapter 18 – END (116 pages) March 10th Violin in a Void
For anyone who still wants to join, it’s not too late. Let me know and I can make sure you’re added to the list.
The following discussion will contain spoilers from the first four chapters.
Do you think the twins’ names Dekarta and Shahar are portentous of who they will grow into?
I get the impression that Dekarta’s name in particular foreshadows the tension between the conflict between being an Arameri and being a horrible human being. Dekarta tried, in his own way, but he failed. Perhaps the new generation of Arameri brats will be able to break the cycle.
Yeine and Itempas. Too early? Or will Yeine be the bridge that puts everyone back together?
Not too early, but a little weird. I get that she’s trying to pull everyone back together, but I don’t think Itempas is her type.
Sieh seems to have some need, or at least an attraction, to be in Sky Palace. Healthy or unhealthy?
In just this beginning section, we see more than just physical changes in Sieh. What do you think is happening to him, and more importantly why?
See my answer to the previous question. When Itempas was ruling and the others were enslaved, there was order, but it was a violent and cruel kind of order. When you leave Naha in charge, there’s going to be an unhealthy chaos, even if it’s not at all what he intends to do. Only when the Three are together will there be balance, and that’s the only way that Sieh can be healed.
Shahar is quite angry with her mother and has been for some time. Justified? How do you think their relationship will shape this story?
Her mother is an Arameri through and through. If Shahar finds a way to rebel against her mother by being a good person, she’s also going to need to find a way to prove herself as an Arameri. It’ll be interesting to see her try to strike a balance as she comes of age.
Why do you think Shahar’s letters to her brother return unopened?
I get the distinct impression that their mother might view the twins together as a threat, and I wouldn’t put it past her to be intercepting the letters before they ever get to Dekarta. He never reads them, and so he’ll think he’s abandoned by Shahar, who will in turn think she’s being snubbed by Dekarta. I’m just hoping that the two of them are smart enough to see through it.
Sieh is an interesting choice as a protagonist. It gives us an insider’s perspective on the Gods’ War and on the dynamic between the Three. You can see how much he’s been hurt over the years, and how his embrace of both the innocence and pettiness of childhood helps him cope. Right now he’s experiencing a loss of innocence more profound than ever could have occurred at the hands of the Arameri, and I feel sorry for him. I hope things work out for him in the end, even if he does have to grow up.